Three years ago today, we would have killed for a high of 73.
Instead, we got 103.
That’s right, it’s been three years since the hottest day in Seattle history.
With a high temperature of 103 degrees at Sea-Tac, July 29, 2009—sandwiched between a 97-degree reading on the 28th and a 96-degree mark on the 30th—easily broke the previous record high of 100 degrees. Remarkably, the day proved to be even hotter elsewhere in the city, with both Boeing Field and the National Weather Service office in North Seattle reaching 105 degrees.
Say what you want about our summertime clouds—gloomy, depressing, reminiscent of a crummy November day, whatever. Just don’t question their loyalty.
Unlike 80-degree weather, which has visited us only once in the past two weeks, the morning clouds have made it to Seattle on plenty of occasions. In fact, fresh off the heels of a South Sound-only stop this morning, they’re due back in the entire metro area tomorrow—all this after a region-wide visit on Monday.
Now that’s what we call a pledge of allegiance.
The 80s are making a comeback this week.
Before you get too excited, we’re talking temperatures—not the decade—so go ahead and put that neon shirt back in storage. (Besides, with the sunny skies promised a few days ago coming to fruition, it’ll be bright enough as it is.)
Our foray into warm weather begins tomorrow, as strong mid-summer sunshine—coupled with a lack of morning clouds—propels us to right about the 80-degree mark. Should Seattle make it to 80 (it’s possible we could fall a degree or two shy), it’ll mark the first time we’ve done so in two weeks. (As pathetic as that sounds, it was worst last summer—July featured a 17-day stretch with highs 79 or lower.)
Hang in there, Seattle—brighter days are in store.
That is, once today and Monday are in the rearview mirror.
Clouds are in the forecast again today, but unlike yesterday, there’s no hope for sunshine later on. Instead, skies will darken as the day progresses, with showers a good bet by 6 p.m. The reason? Another upper level low is roaming in the vicinity, forecast to crisscross the northern half of the state tonight.
Apparently, whenever July 20 falls on a Friday, so too do the rainfall records.
On Friday, July 20, 2007, .45 inches of rain doused the Emerald City, setting a new rainfall record for the day. Today—another Friday, five years down the road—.60 inches has already fallen, making this year’s July 20 the dampest in Seattle history.
Guess that means Friday, July 20, 2018 will be even wetter?
Get ready for round three.
Thunder and lightning are once again in the forecast for Seattle, putting us under the gun for our third thunderstorm outbreak this month. Officially, Sea-Tac Airport has already recorded four days with thunderstorms in July—the 8th, 9th, 13th, and 14th—with the storms on the night of the 8th/morning of the 9th comprising round one, and the 13th/14th gully washers round two.
Slept through Sunday night’s light show? Missed out on all the nocturnal thunderstorms raging across the Sound?
Worry not—you’ll get another chance to witness some excitement. More thunder and lightning are in the forecast, starting this weekend.
Move over, May 14. The hottest day of the year now belongs to July 8.
Strong summer sunshine, coupled with a massive ridge of high pressure to our east, allowed Seattle to warm to 83 degrees today—the hottest temperature seen this year. The previous record of 80 degrees, held for nearly two months by May 14 (and tied yesterday) is officially no more—as is our ten-month stretch of temperatures at or below the 80-degree mark. Continue reading
Draw the shades and crank up the fans—the warmest weather since last September is on its way.
After a week of below normal temperatures—Seattle hasn’t exceeded its average high temperature for the day since June 27—the mercury is on the rise. High temperatures will climb from the mid 70s today to the 80-degree mark Friday, before zooming into the mid 80s later in the weekend.
Summer’s finally getting serious.
For the past two weeks, we’ve been teased with glimpses of summer weather—a sunny day here, a warm day there—but by and large, it’s stayed cool and wet around Puget Sound. That all changes tomorrow, as a string of sunny and progressively warmer days begins.